Team Austria Gears up for the Winter Olympics
The 23rd Winter Olympic Games will take place this year from February 9 to 25, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. About 3,000 athletes from 95 nations will compete in more than 100 disciplines, with Austria sending more than 120 athletes. The last three Winter Olympic Games were rewarding for the Austrian team. In Sochi 2014, they brought home a total of 17 medals (4 gold), in Vancouver 2010, a very respectable 16 medals (4 gold) and in Turin in 2006 an outstanding amount of 23 medals (9 gold). With a total of 218 medals, 59 of which gold, the Alpine Republic stands proudly on the sixth place of the all-time medal table of the Olympic Winter Games, behind only Germany, Russia, Norway, the United States and Canada. The distance to the fifth place is only three gold medals, so Austria banks on its ski stars Marcel Hirscher and Anna Fenninger to close the gap.
NEED TO KNOW
Austria has won more medals in alpine skiing than any other nation. Also, don’t be surprised if all your Austrian friends will be glued to the television at ungodly times in February.
WHAT OTHERS SAID
“Schiiiiiiifoan!” – Wolfgang Ambros